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what causes atrial arrhythmias?

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Dr. Erskine James
22 years experience Cardiology
Many causes: First off, need an ultrasound (echo) of your heart, because structural abnormalites of the heart are the first big cause that needs to be eliminated. If your heart is structurally normal, then the other big cause for atrial arrhythmias is diet and drugs -- especially any caffeine or diet pills. Finally, sometimes it is just idiopathic -- which means we cannot find a cause.
Answered on Jul 19, 2014
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Dr. Atique Mirza
30 years experience Cardiology
As you grow older, the risk of atrial arrhythmias seems to increase, especially after age 60. High blood pressure and coronary artery disease are associated with atrial arrhythmias, as are other heart and lung conditions such as chronic lung disease, disease of the heart valves, and heart failure. People without heart disease can develop an arrhythmia for unknown causes.
May 4, 2014
Dr. Veena Govila
59 years experience Internal Medicine
Or hyperthyroidism can cause it.
May 2, 2014

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